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Dozens of mosques in Jakarta allegedly spread radicalism

Rabu 06 Jun 2018 16:00 WIB

Rep: Sri Handayani, Puti Almas/ Red: Reiny Dwinanda

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About 30 mosques allegedly deliver sermon close to radicalism content.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Dozens of mosques in Jakarta allegedly has spreaded radicalism. The rumour was confirmed by Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno.

According to Sandiaga, the Bureau of Education, Mental, and Spiritual (Dikmental) and Jakarta Muslim Charitable Donations Board (Bazis) have the list. "There are 30 mosques on our list", said Sandiaga on Tuesday (June 5).

Sandiaga argued, one of the causes radicalism grows is injustice. It is implemented to young generation and becomes beliefs which later develops into understanding. Those people then took a short cut to achieve their goals.

Based on the assumption, Sandiaga decided to visit the mosques. He argued, radical understanding can be ignored by generating economy at the mosques. In addition, education and employment opportunities are required.

"There is no other way than education," he said.

"Second, give them a change to be entrepreneurs and successful people through One District One Center of Enterpreneurship (OK OCE) program", Sandiaga explained.

Information about the mosques that spreaded radicalism was first conveyed by Muslim Intelectual Azyumardi Azra. He shared the information during a metting with President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) at State Palace on Monday (June 4).

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Azyumardi said there are 40 mosques in Jakarta that delivered sermons close to radicalism. He assessed preachers should not teach radicalism and intolerant ideology.

According to him, intolerance must be dealt comprehensively. The government must reinforce the social coalition through, for example, the re-establishment of the spirit of nationalism, as well as local wisdom and the strengthening of Wasatiyah Islam.

Azyumardi said it can be done through workshops in universities through lecturers and teachers, as well as Student Executive Boards (BEM) leaders. They were indeed vulnerable to intolerance and radicalism, especially concerning topics related to increased of intolerance and radicalism, he said.

"Mr Jokowi insisted that the problem is solved because he had assigned people, leaders of certain religious social institutions to make improvements in the mosque," Azyumardi said.

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